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Last Saturday, Macon residents took to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Big Lots to donate school supplies for Macon County children.

Headed by Macon County School System employee Karen Norton and held in conjunction with tax-free weekend, school supplies, which began being distributed on Wednesday, were collected for students.


On Saturday, July 28, Disability Partners conducted its first annual poker run fundraiser in honor of two individuals, Howard Papke and Wayne Smith. These two men were volunteers who began and devoted more than 15 years of service to the Cyberpals program.

The program has been successful in placing more than 3,000 donated and refurbished computers in homes of people with disabilities.

At right, Susan Hunter of Disability Partners presents Teresa McDowell, the raffle prize winner with a guitar autographed by Kenny Chesney. This guitar was donated to Disability Partners to help raise money for the Cyberpals program.


Visiting ministry addresses housing issues for needy.

All across the United States, countless young people were busy “changing the world” one project at a time this summer by taking on the plight of substandard housing.

A group of such youths have come to Macon County this week to improve the housing conditions for lower income individuals and families. Known as World Changers, 250 students are in the Franklin area to improve approximately 20 homes. The students are taking on anything they can, from house painting to roofing and laying shingles to building access ramps and porches.


Macon County Commissioner and former coach Bobby Kuppers held a voter registration drive and pizza party for his former students and players on Friday afternoon. Kuppers, who is running for reelection to the board of commissioners, wanted to hold the drive in order to help teach area youth the importance of voting. Over pizza and refreshments, Kuppers spent time talking to former students about old high school memories and catching up on what they are doing now.


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